Interview: Jay Rubicon

Today we’re joined by Jay Rubicon. Jay is a phenomenal visual artist who specializes in digital mediums. They dabble in a few other arts including cosplay, acting, and music, but drawing is what they mostly focus on. Jay has a love of fantasy and most of their work reflects this. They are best known for drawing dragons and birds. It’s clear they’re a dedicated and passionate artist, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about your art.

I do a lot
of different things! But mostly I work on digital art. I specialise in dragons
and birds, and bird-dragons, and any combination thereof.

What inspires you?

I’ve always
been big into my fantasy. I love looking at other artists’ work and at nature.
Clouds are especially good, because you can see things in them that might not
appear otherwise. And people, the people around you are always good to inspire
you to work harder. I know I’d probably never learn to draw elephants if my mum
didn’t like them so much!

What got you interested in your field?  Have you always wanted to be an artist?

I’ve been
drawing since I was a tiny weeny thing, and I just – never stopped. I’ve known
since I was that small that I had to do something creative, be it acting,
writing, drawing – anything like that.

Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol,
or feature you include in your work that you’d be willing to reveal?

Birds tend
to come up a lot, and anything with wings gets drawn a lot. I do sign my work;
it’s just more normal signature, but it’s got my ‘real’ surname on it, hence
why I keep it fairly illegible!

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Practice!!
Okay, so I know everyone gets sick of hearing that, but it’s true. If you feel
like you’re stuck, study things. Practice isn’t drawing the same thing over and
over. Find a bunch of pictures of something you suck at, look at them, and try
to draw them. You’ll get better, and it’s the best feeling in the world being
able to make something you couldn’t achieve before!

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

After a
lot (a LOT) of debate, I now identify as a panromantic asexual.

Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance
in your field?  If so, how do you handle
it?

Generally
I’m quite isolated in the work I do, and the friends I have are aware of it.
Most of the issues I face are in day to day life, and it’s more ignorance – or
people being unwilling to learn in the first place, who’s minds you’ll never
change. It’s better to just accept that, and continue to be proud of yourself
regardless, as hard as that may feel.

What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that
you’ve encountered?

Either
that we don’t really exist or that we don’t have sex. Obviously, we exist! And
(not all of us, but most) are capable of having sex, just don’t want to for
whatever reason – and any reason is valid.

What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out
there who might be struggling with their orientation?

Give it
time. You’ll work it out. I’ve been through a lot of things, from a
heterosexual woman to where I am now, as a gender neutral panromantic ace. You
might think you’re ace then realise you’re not, or the other way. But you’ll
figure it out, and you’ll find the right people!

The old quote stands true;

“Those who matter won’t care, and those who care don’t matter.”

Finally, where can people find out more about your work?

Ooh, free
advertising! (I kid.)

Most of my
art is over on http://rubicon-art.tumblr.com

You can
also find my work on DeviantART, which contains the majority of my bird-dragon
stuff. http://rubicon-art.deviantart.com

Facebook
is also under Rubicon-Art! That’s what I go by in most
places.

Thanks for
taking a look!

Thank you, Jay, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.